On July 20, 2017, during the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017, Sberbank and Irkut Corporation signed an agreement on the development of cooperation on the MC-21 project. The agreement implies the possibility to provide the Corporation with a wide range of financial products of the bank for the development of the MC-21 project, including the after-sales support of the aircraft.
Since 2012, Sberbank has been the main financial partner in the development and production of the newest medium-range MC-21 airliner. The amount of credit resources provided to the project is about 1 billion US dollars.
Vice President of Sberbank Vyacheslav Tsibulnikov said: "We are proud to participate in the most important project of the Russian aviation industry to create a modern and competitive aircraft for world markets. Our bank continues to develop cooperation with the leading Russian aircraft manufacturers."
President of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko said: "We highly appreciate the strategic partnership with Sberbank, with which we work on the core projects of the corporation."
He also added that Sberbank employees provided substantial assistance in analyzing the financial model of the MC-21 project.
On 24 May 2018, Republic State Enterprise Kazspetsexport of Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Irkut Corporation (an affiliate of UAC) signed the contract for delivery of another batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters. The contract was signed by the General Director of Kazspetsexport, Arman Ramazanov and the First Vice-President and General Designer of Irkut Corporation, Oleg Demchenko.
On May 12, 2018, the maiden flight of the second MC-21-300 test aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The testing results of the first test aircraft were taken into account in the production of a new aircraft.
At the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation (part of UAC), the construction of the second MC-21-300 aircraft, intended for flight testing, was completed. The testing results of the first test aircraft were taken into account in the production of a new aircraft. On March 25, the MC-21-300 was transferred from the final assembly shop to the flight test department.